Helena has a growing Court of Protection practice. She has acted on behalf of ‘P’, P’s family members and local authorities. She is well versed in s21A applications and can advise on care plans and capacity evidence. She also has expertise covering specific areas such as social media use, relationships and capacity around self-harm.
Helena can also provide advice in respect of judicial review claims, particularly in the field of health and social care.
Notable cases include:
- NHS North East and Cumbria Integrated Care Board v P and others  – The Court of Protection considered the issue of where it was in P’s best interests to reside and receive care and support, in circumstances where there was a dispute between P’s family members, P’s legal representative, the local authority and the integrated care board.
- Stockton on Tees Borough Council v P and others  – Instructed in a case involving a deprivation of liberty and a dispute around care plans in an unusual case concerning substance misuse and Korsakoff’s syndrome.
- Hull City Council v P and others  – Instructed on behalf of P via their Accredited Legal Representative in a section 21A application concerning residence and contact in circumstances where various family members had expressed conflicting views.
- HD v P and others  – Instructed in a property and affairs matter involving complex family proceedings that had stalled due to a concern about one party’s capacity. This matter was complicated by a number of barriers to obtaining sufficient capacity information and a dispute with the Official Solicitor over the representation of P.
Helena is known for her approachable and straightforward demeanour with clients and their families at every stage of the court process.